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Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers (OAICs)

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Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers (OAICs)

The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs), also known as Pepper Centers, are designed to maintain or restore independence to older persons. They honor the late Florida Congressman and Senator Claude Denson Pepper, who advocated for improving the quality of life for Americans of advancing age.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) supports 12 Pepper Centers nationwide. Each has its own particular research interests—some look at factors that contribute to disability, some study specific age-related conditions that lead to or increase risk for loss of function, and others design and test interventions that may prevent or delay disability.

Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers (OAICs)

  1. University of California San Francisco
    Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH
  2. University of California Los Angeles
    P.I. David Reuben, MD
  3. University of Michigan
    P.I. Jeffrey Halter, MD
  4. University of Pittsburgh
    P.I. Stephanie Studenski, MD
  5. Boston University
    P.I. Shalender Bhasin, MD
  6. Yale University
    P.I. Thomas M. Gill, MD
  7. Mt. Sinai Medical Center
    P.I. Albert L. Siu, MD
  8. University of Maryland
    P.I. Jeremy Walston, MD
  9. National Institute on Aging
    Basil A. Eldadah, MD, PhD
  10. Duke University
    P.I. Harvey Cohen, MD
  11. Wake Forest University
    P.I. Stephen Kritchevsky, PhD
  12. Pepper Coordinating Center
    Kevin High, MD
  13. University of Florida
    P.I. Marco Pahor, MD
  14. University of Arkansas
    P.I. Jeanne Wei, MD, PhD
  15. University of Texas Medical Branch
    P.I. Elena Volpi, MD

Despite their unique identities, the OAICs each have a similar structure with specific overarching goals. Each is responsible for stimulating the translation between basic and clinical research. They all support young researchers, especially those from underrepresented populations. Along with conducting their own studies, the Pepper Centers often collaborate with each other and other types of centers in larger projects.

For more information on the Centers and to contact one in your area, go to:, then click on National Pepper Center website.

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Winter 2014 Issue: Volume 8 Number 4 Page 14